Please click here to view the welcome booklet for Year One 2019

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 YEAR ONE CURRICULUM this term....

Theme-Led Curriculum

What’s brilliant about Burley? This geography theme will help to develop early fieldwork skills. We will be looking at our local area and exploring the features and landmarks that make it special, including making our very own map of Burley. As part of the topic, the children will be identifying seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and investigating how the weather changes with each season. We will ask:

  • When I walk around Burley, what do I see?
  • Can I explain where I live?
  • What is my address?
  • What changes do we see in Burley with each season?
  • What would you need to do to become the next weather presenter?

Science How can we keep the meerkat dry? Year 1 will be continuing to investigate a range of materials, distinguishing between an object and the material from which it is made and comparing everyday materials. They will be trying to answer the following questions using their enquiry and investigation skills:

  • Can you make shelter out of either paper, sticks or Lego for Sunny the meerkat? 
  • Which is the best material to make an umbrella?
  • Can you compare and group everyday materials by thinking about how they behave?

For the long term plan of the learning and other curriculum materials, please click here. 


Calling all Volunteers!

Last year the children enjoyed and greatly benefitted from numerous parent volunteers who supported our curriculum themes, reading and invaluable school trips. This is a real strength of our school, and one which we are very keen to continue!  Please do get in touch if you think you can help in any way.


Phonics Screening Check

All children in Year 1 are required to complete a phonics screening check. It is not a formal test and your child will probably not even realise that it is one. We aim to keep it short and fun and usually find that the children enjoy spending time playing the word ‘games’ with their teacher. Attached is an information sheet about how and when the check will be administered. For further information, please click here

Information about how we complete the check at Burley Oaks can be found here.